ultramarathon across the trails of the undulating SDW
I'm in too Bobban, entered a few months ago when I missed out on the TP100. Much prefer a hillier race anyway.
I seem to remember from previous threads you're pretty speedy, you thinking of a particular time at all?
I think that you might be confusing it with the North Downs Way 100, which is indeed a 50 mile out and back course.
When all the 50 mile finishers are sitting around with their medals, and a nice glass of lemonade, you just want to throw a pale of cold water over them.
Think the NDW 100 is now a single leg route (no out and back this year). Waiting on family arrangements to see if I'm going to enter NDW or SDW 100, SDW is on my birthday and at start of kids holidays so would rather be doing this one!! Will by my first effort at a 100-miler OMG.
Does mean I'll have to give the Saunders a miss though this year, will have used up my baby-sitting credits with hubby! Hubby and I don't do MM together any more - too much room for marital dis-harmony!! so we have an unspoken agreement, he does the autumnal ones and i do the summer ones and we see who gets the worst weather!!
I'm very interested in all these runs on the National Trails. Only done two so far (Ridgeway and West Highland Way) but there are now quite a few others: Hadrian's Wall, SDW, NDW, Thames Path (although not the entire length) and Cleveland Way to my knowledge. Cotswold Way would make a good event.
All these are 110 miles or less and reasonably doable before attempting the longer ones, rounding off with the SW Coast Path at 630 miles. EnduranceLife look like they are going to cover that one in different 100-mile sections each year.
You can't say there aren't challenges out there!
What shoes are you planning to wear?
I thought about road shoes but have read that it's slippy and so trail/road might be better. I invested in some Asics Gel trails but have not worn them yet as I might just stick with road shoes.
First Ultra is in Connemara in April and is all road so may have to adapt to trail after
Good luck Lirish - I have offered to help out again but this time I want to do some course sweeping so I don't have to miss too much training in the build up to Lakeland.
If you plan on recce runs then I may even see you out on the SDW at some point!
Hello there - I'm entered. Have done the Ridgeway Challenge twice in the past and know a lot of the route from living in Brighton, doing various downland marathons and 3 SDW relays. It's my 50th birthday treat to myself and the object is to get from one end to the other in mostly one piece.
Coming up I've got:
plus a recce run from Winchester to Amberley (probably a long weekday in mid May)
Cheers - Raymond
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